Site name: Manchester Road (south side) open space by petrol station

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: ?

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: Little, possibly scrub cut back from road.

Proposed management: Remove leylandii trees and scrub/rhododendron control. Maintain grass bank areas and/or re-seed with wildflower mix.


Date of Visual Survey - Aug 2004

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The ideas and possibilities outlined below are designed to help members of the local community as they think about what could happen on this site. Nothing is fixed and alternative solutions may well emerge over the coming decade - it is for the local community to decide and enable it to happen. Use the email button at the bottom right to volunteer to help and also to send additional information and ideas for specific sites


Visual Attributes - update 2004

This site runs to the south side of Manchester Road and behind the petrol station. A wide pavement separates the road from a stepped stone retaining wall, which supports a steep bank with housing at the top. This bank is covered by scrub, with several irregular rows of mature conifers and a dense thicket of birch, ash and sycamore above the petrol station. The tree planting is sporadic and unstructured, and appears quite messy from the road.



The regular passing of traffic and pedestrians would provide some surveillance of the site, although the busy road would be a hazard for children. The bank would provide a secure place to sit, but views from there into the steelworks are undesirable.



Activities that the site supports at present

A few desire lines show that people walk down the bank to the main road from the housing.

Activities that could be supported in the future

The proximity of the main road and the steelworks discourages use of the site for leisure, but some paths or steps could be created, formalising existing desire lines. Seating could also be provided at resting points.


Ideas for change
This roadside strip is on a steep north facing slope. Increasing woodland cover would hold this bank back, so it is suggested that extra woodland planting would be beneficial.

The charts below have a colour next the description if anything in the list, which was used to identify the whole range of possibilities for Stocksbridge, occurs on this site.



found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs

Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting


Amenity Flower Beds

Open Water

Amenity Hedges

Running Water

Rough Grassland


Cultivated/Disturbed Land

Acid Grassland

Bare Earth/Erosion

Marshy Grassland


Trees Broadleaf




Trees Coniferous




Trees Mixed

Invasive Species



Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs


Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)


Amenity Bulb Planting




found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012



Formal Pitches


Formal Play Area


Car Park




Picnic Area

Desire Lines

Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

Car Driving


Car Parking

Footpath Network

Damaged Bollards/Fences




Cycle Paths


Trim Track

Litter (small)


Litter Bins

Fly Tipping


Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area



Hanging Around


Alcohol Drinking


Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)



Stocksbridge SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for Sheffield Wildlife Trust - see their Community Action Handbook - full of good ideas for your local site

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Manchester Rd 2

Manchester Rd 3

Manchester Rd 4

Manchester Rd 5

Manchester Rd 6

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Ridal Croft

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Stocksbridge Methodist Church

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Wood Willows

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